Ibeyi – who comprise 19 year old French-Cuban twins Naomi and Lisa-Kainde Diaz – have announced a run of live appearances in October and November. The dates will include Ibeyi’s first trip to the U.S. in New York City on November 18 and Los Angeles on November 20.
Meanwhile, following their debut Oya EP and the release of a recorded version of “Mama Says”, Ibeyi have today shared a special interpretation of the Jay Electronica track (which they will perform on their upcoming dates), you can listen below. “Better In Tune With The Infinite”. The one-take live recording took place during sessions for Ibeyi’s debut album, which is being produced by Richard Russell and will be released in 2015 on XL Recordings.
Lisa and Naomi are the daughters of the late Cuban percussionist Anga Diaz. Naomi plays percussive instruments, the Cajon and the Batas, while Lisa plays piano. Together the twins have learned the songs of their father’s culture, Yoruba.
Yoruba travelled from West Africa to Cuba with slavery in the 1700s. The Yoruban people have the highest twinning rate in the World, and twins occupy an important position within Yoruban culture. Ibeyi is pronounced “ee-bey-ee” and translates as “Twins” in Yoruban.
October 7th La Cigale, Paris, France (supporting Asa)
October 23rd Courtyard Theatre, London, UK
October 30th JazzOnze, Lausanne, Switzerland (free Show)
October 31st Kasern, Bale, Croatia
November 3rd Hostess Weekender Festival, Tokyo, Japan
November 7th Salle Daniel Ferry, Nanterre, France (with Sandra Nkake)
November 10th Astra, Berlin (supporting Chet Faker), Germany
November 12th Les Inrocks Festival (supporting Damon Albarn), Paris, France
November 13th Vondelkerk, Amsterdam, Netherlands
November 18th Joe’s Pub, New York, USA
November 20th Hotel Café, Los Angeles, USA